Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hooray Forhenri; Bowen's Novice to Plunder Sandown Gold Lido Poised to Scoop Pool for Irish Maestro

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hooray Forhenri; Bowen's Novice to Plunder Sandown Gold Lido Poised to Scoop Pool for Irish Maestro

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Byline: GARRY OWEN

PETER Bowen can steal Messrs Nicholls and Mullins' thunder at Sandown thanks to HENRI PARRY MORGAN in the bet365 Gold Cup.

The eight-year-old took a while get the hang of chasing but really looked a novice going places when jumping and galloping his rivals into the ground at Chepstow in February and Uttoxeter a month later.

The gelding upped his game once again switched to Grade 1 company at Aintree next time when giving Colin Tizzard's classy Native TURN TO P2 FROM PAGE ONE River a real run for his money in a fair renewal of the Mildmay Novices' Chase. I doubt we've seen the best of HENRI PARRY MORGAN (4.10) and he can make it a rum old day for the bookies if that race hasn't left too much of a mark.

Bowen said: "He seems in good form. It was a very good performance at Aintree. I just hope it hasn't taken the edge off him. You never know.

"He looks to have come out of it really well anyway.

"He's been put up 1lb since but still runs off his old mark of 149. Every pound helps both in the pocket and on your horse's back."

Willie Mullins has sent a crack team over to Esher to try to claim his maiden British title and VOIX DU REVE (2.20) can aid his cause in the opening juvenile handicap hurdle.

A decent sort in the French provinces, the Voix Du Nord gelding probably needed the run when dead-heating for second on heavy ground on his Irish debut at Fairyhouse in February.

He clearly learned plenty that day and was travelling with real menace when coming down at the last flight in the Fred Winter at the Festival.

He is still on the upgrade for his shrewd connections and can atone for that lapse with a better round of jumping.

The Closutton maestro can take a further bite out of Nicholls lead thanks to VALSEUR LIDO (3.00) in the Oaksey Chase.

It's fair to say the Gigginstownowned gelding hasn't had the best of seasons with some sloppy fencing cost him dear but he looked more like his old self when chasing home Vautour in the Ryanair at Cheltenham. …

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